01 Oct 2015

Shadowy Past May Reveal Hidden Assets

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Sometimes looking into the past can feel like you are peering through a fog, shrouded in mystery with lost records and dead ends. When you are looking to uncover hidden assets in a bankruptcy case, using a genealogy site can help you to navigate through the shadowy past and locate an undisclosed piece of property or other assets.

With more and more records being added to online databases worldwide, it is becoming easier than ever to uncover hidden elements of the past. Today, there are many sites that host collections of genealogical records. These sites can require a fee or subscription to gain access, but many are free.  Since the records are user-generated, errors may exist – so it is a good rule of thumb to try spelling names in a number of different ways to discover potential information.

Take a look at some of the most popular genealogy sites below:

  • Ancestry.com: Subscription-based genealogy site that searches over 6 billion records worldwide.
  • Archives.gov: The Federal government’s database including U.S. military records, naturalization records, land records and more.
  • Cyndi’s List: Compilation of genealogical sites in the U.S. and around the world that includes city directories, wills, marriage certificates, as well as church, military and adoption records.
  • EllisIsland.org: Compilation of passengers from every ship that entered the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Includes information on each passenger such as their place of last residence, their occupation, family members in the United States, and their residence before arriving to the U.S.
  • FamilySearch.org: Free database of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that includes databases from around the world and a wide range of documents from births, baptisms and death records.
  • Footnote.com: Subscription site sponsored by Ancestry.com that provides access to original documents, including orphan records, military pensions, Confederate papers, and more.
  • Findagrave.com: Online repository of more than 60 million grave records and millions of photos.
  • GenWeb sites: Free sites that you can discover by using a search engine and stating the ethnicity or geographic location and adding “GenWeb” in the search box.
  • ItalianGen.org: Index of New York’s five boroughs’ vital records.
  • JewishGen.org: Thousands of databases, research tools and resources available for those with Jewish ancestry.
  • State and local records: USGenWeb project provides genealogical research in every county and state in the United States.
  • Social Security death records: This repository will give details about ancestors who had Social Security numbers and died in 1962 or later when records were computerized.

What are some of your favorite genealogy sites to find hidden assets? Post them in the comments below!

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